Our latest list of runs and running related events that don’t cost a small fortune:
1-Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) Run
These are FREE runs put on by the inmates at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Definitely not your typical run, this program began in the 70’s and Steve Prefontaine even visited the penitentiary providing seminars and encouraging the inmates to better themselves. Funded by the inmates, often one dollar at a time, they look forward to these runs and an opportunity to race outsiders. This is one to do not just because it’s free, but because it will change your life and how you look at the world. They don’t have fancy timing chips or online registration, but they have race bibs, a clock and enthusiasm. An announcer, music, water and post- race refreshments, this has most of what you would find at a race outside the walls, but you’ll leave with a new perspective. Races include a 5k or 10k and will be held on 3/27, 4/25, 5/23, 6/13, 7/17, 8/7, 9/11(High Wall Half Marathon) and 10/2.
2-Wheatfield Half Marathon, 8k and 3k
This events benefits TDHS Cross Country teams and takes place March 28th at Petersburg School in The Dalles. (I-84 to Hwy 197, exit, #87. Go south for .3 miles. Turn right and head to Big Jim’s Drive-In. That will take you to Frontage Road. Continue going 4 miles to Petersburg.) Register for any distance for only $10 if you don’t want a t-shirt, $25 if you want a shirt included. Register early to guarantee a shirt and online registration ends on March 26th. Day of registration will be available for $15 to race and $30 if you want to include a shirt. Wheatfield Half Marathon/8k/3k is an especially good deal for students, since kids 18 and under are only $5, even on race day. The run starts at 9AM and packet pick up/day of registration will begin at 8AM.
3- Soles2Souls Run and Walk
In its 4th year, Soles2Souls includes a 10k, 5k, a kids run and virtual options and will take place on Saturday, April 4th at Greenway Elementary (9150 SW Downing Dr. in Beaverton). The 10k starts at 9AM, the 5k at 9:15AM and a kids dash at 10:30AM. This event benefits the Healthy Kids Program at West Hills Christian School. For $12.50 (processing fees included) choose the 10k or 5k, kids between the ages of 5-9 are only $7.50 and children 4 and under are free. Day of registration will be available for $15 for those 10 and over and $10 for those under 10. This course includes sections of the Fanno Creek Trail and is mostly flat, strollers are welcome. There will be one aid station and this event will be chip timed by Uberthons.
4-Get a Clue Scavenger Race
Held on Saturday, June 6th at 9:30AM in Canby this is a fun and unique way to get some exercise. It’s also a great opportunity to get some co-workers together for a little team building. Beginning at Horning Hall at the Clackamas County Event Center, teams race to get through as many points as possible. This is a chance to exercise your body and your brain and have some fun at the same time. Teams of 2-5 race through the course trying to get as many points checked off as possible, the more you get in, the greater your chances of winning. Register through April 4th for $26 per person, between April 6 and June 3 it’s $32 per person and race day is $35. Kids 12 and under get to deduct $5. Technical shirts can be purchased for $15.
5- The Double Five and Double Five Challenge
This unique run takes place at George Rogers Park (611 S State Street in Lake Oswego) on Saturday, April 11th. Runners will run along the Willamette River and have the chance to PR (Personal Record) in 3 distances all in one morning. There will be a 5 mile run at 8AM and a 5k run at 8:15AM, both chip timed by Uberthons. Run one or both and have an opportunity to PR in a 5k, 5 mile run, and 8.1 mile run. The Double Five and Double Five Challenge benefits Hillsboro High School and group discounts are available. The 5k is $20, the 5 mile run is $25 or do the Double 5 for $30.
6- The 7th Annual White Salmon Backyard Trail Half Marathon
This event will run on Saturday, June 20th and only requires a suggested donated of $12 to participate. This run supports the Columbia High School Cross Country Team, so donations of more are appreciated. Hikers can also take advantage of this race with an 8:30AM start and runners will begin at 10AM. The White Salmon Backyard Trail Half Marathon starts and finishes near Everybody’s Brewing Pub at Rheingarten Park (N. Main Ave. and Lincoln Street). Since portions of the course are on private land, the course is a ‘secret’ but includes 1,800 feet of elevation. It climbs to the top of Hospital Hill and includes beautiful views of the Gorge at the halfway point. The course might be secret, but flats and rolling hills are guaranteed, as well as aid stations to support participants.
7- Southwest Bible 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run
The 4th Annual 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run will take place on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Southwest Bible Church (14605 Weir Rd.) in Beaverton. Register before June 28th for only $5 and $10 and registration will be available on race day. Register online by July 9th or come early to register between 3:45-4:45PM on race day. Children 10 and older are invited, if accompanied by an adult and there will be a free 1 mile fun run for kids 8 and under. Registration includes a chip timed course through Beaverton neighborhoods and a technical shirt can be purchased for an additional $13 at the event. All participants and spectators are invited for a free BBQ dinner after the run and an opportunity to hear Dan Browne, a 2004 Olympian in the 10k and Marathon speak.
8-Portland Parks $5 5k Series
The 2015 season has not been announced yet, but make sure to keep checking their website since these races fill up FAST. With 5k’s offered May-October and for only $5, it’s easy to see why they are so popular. The races included the following parks last year: Fernhill Park, Lents Park, Gabriel Park, Laurelhurst Park, Westmoreland Park and Pier Park. No dogs are allowed on the course, but it’s a great way to get the res t of the family running. Shirts will be available to purchase for $18, so make sure to bring cash since cards aren’t accepted. You definitely don’t see $5 5k’s often, so keep this race series on your radar.
If you have a budget friendly event suggestion, please pass it along. Sometimes the best races out there are the smaller ones, that don’t spend a lot to advertise and rely on word of mouth. If you’ve heard about a run that doesn’t cost a lot, spread the word and if you run one of our ‘budget friendly’ suggestions, let us know how it went. It’s always fun to find new races and even better when they don’t cost a lot.